February 25, 2009
A well-taken goal from Jonathan Woodgate - his first of the season in his 50th appearance for Spurs - sealed a vital three points against a poor Hull City team. Prior to this match at the KC Stadium, the home side had taken just three points from their last nine games and had clearly punched well above their weight during the opening weeks of the season.
They are now part of the pack trying to avoid relegation, with Spurs still very much in the same boat despite moving up to 14th in the table.
The league win came on the back of a UEFA Cup defeat at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk and it's hard to question Harry Redknapp's tactic of playing a second-string team against the Ukrainians. At 2-0 down from that first leg, it is probable that Spurs will not be progressing in the competition, especially given that the manager has already outlined his team selection for the return meeting at White Hart Lane:
February 11, 2009
The second North London derby of the season finished in another draw, albeit a much less entertaining one than the 4-4 thriller at the Emirates in October. The Spurs scorers in that game – or “false dawn” – were Lennon, Bentley, Bent and Jenas, and of those four, only Aaron Lennon has continued to impress as the season wears on.
February 3, 2009
So who next? Michael Carrick? Sol Campbell maybe? Or perhaps Darren Anderton could be persuaded to come out of retirement.
With the return of Defoe, Chimbonda and now Robbie Keane, it would seem that no-one can bear to be parted from Tottenham Hotspur. Keane’s deadline day signing is the most high-profile of the three and, in some ways, the most puzzling. The player is well-liked by the fans, is a proven Premier League goalscorer and no doubt will be, as Harry Redknapp has said, a positive influence in the dressing room.